Having sculptures along the Clyde River foreshore and an event like Sculpture For Clyde makes Batemans Bay a better place to live, according to local high school graduate Amanda Mohr, who recently opened “Portal” which now adorns the foreshore and provides a view up to the mouth of the Clyde River.
Amanda was the winner of the inaugural Student Sculpture Prize last year.
The 2019 competition kicks off on August 17 and runs until September 1. Up to 40 sculptures by local students will be on display in Batemans Bay shopfront windows. Locals will be able to follow the sculpture trail and vote for their favourite artwork. There is a prize of $400 for the best shop display and $200 for the People’s Choice Best Sculpture.
The winner of the judged Best Student Sculpture will receive $200 and their school will win a permanent sculpture worth up to $1000.
An exciting announcement will be made next week about a major sponsor for the Student Sculpture prize, organisers said.
Business owners have been enthusiastic about the event and are gearing up to present their own artistic skills to the public by designing exciting displays for their windows.
“We just love that young artists can have this exposure and that business owners can display their own artistic flair by designing fabulous shopfront windows around their sculpture,” said organiser Frances Harmey.
“This is a wonderful way to generate traffic through the CBD and showcase local talent.”
Three local high schools will exhibit their work in shopfronts throughout the CBD and a map will guide viewers along North Street, into the Village Centre, up Orient Street and back to 5 Clyde Street, where the Sculpture For Clyde main Indoor Exhibition will again be held.
The installation of the three new sculptures, which join our now beloved octopus “Buoyansea” on the foreshore, has sparked great interest in the upcoming Sculpture For Clyde exhibition running August 24 – September 1.
For more information and tickets, readers can go to www.sculptureforclyde.com.au
Above: Amanda Mohr (Left) winner of the inaugural Student Sculpture Prize in 2018 with David Maclauchlan and Alison Miers at the opening of “Portal” on the Clyde River foreshore.